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Introducing 4MOST: The next generation survey telescope

7 Mar 2019, 09:54 UTC
Introducing 4MOST: The next generation survey telescope
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4MOST is a wide-field spectroscopic survey facility under development for the four-metre-class Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at Paranal in Chile. Image credit: G. Hüdepohl (atacamaphoto.com)/ESO
The four-metre (13-foot) Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope 4MOST will be the largest spectroscopic survey facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere and address today’s most pressing astronomical questions in the fields of galactic archaeology, high-energy astrophysics, galaxy evolution and cosmology. With the publication of 13 papers, the consortium introduces 4MOST to the scientific community.
In a special issue of the ESO Messenger, several articles give a project overview and provide astronomers with detailed information about the first call for proposals, the Scientific Operations and the Survey Strategy Plan. “Also, each of the planned surveys are described, thus preparing the ESO community for the Call for Letters of Intent to use the facility, which will be released in the second half of 2019”, says Roelof de Jong, Principal Investigator of 4MOST. “This will be a singular opportunity for the astronomical community to apply to use the facility during its first five years of observation.”
4MOST is a new wide-field spectroscopic survey facility under development for the four-metre-class Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope ...

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